High in the Tatra mountains of Slovakia, Michael Palin skins a pig and learns how to make sausages, before heading off to famed mime artist Tibor Turba's school in Brno, the Czech republic's second city, where he is asked to mime a cock.
Michael journeys through Poland, from the port of Gdansk southwards to Warsaw, and then through Poznan to Czesechowa, Aushwitz, Krakow and finally via the Tatra mountains to the Slovakian border.
Michael Palin travels from Tallinn in the North, through Latvia, to Lithuania in the South, sailing out into the Baltic from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, formerly East Prussia.
Michael journeys by road, rail and river through Hungary, and the Ukraine, ending in the Black Sea resort of Yalta.
Tiraspol is the capital of Transdniester, a breakaway state from the Republic of Moldova, and it is here on its National Day celebrations that Michael Palin starts his journey through the wilder reaches of South East Europe.
From Lake Orhid in Macedonia, Michael Palin crosses into Bulgaria where he treks up to the Rila Mountains in to join the summer solstice celebrations of the mystical White Brotherhood sect.
Michael Palin explores the countries that were for much of his life hidden behind the Iron Curtain and now are very much part of the New Europe of post-Soviet times.
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